Nebraska

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment; On March 2, a federal judge ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, with the ruling to take effect statewide on Monday, March 9. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

On March 2, 2015, a federal judge ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Nebraska, striking down the state's ban on marriage. The state filed an appeal the same day.

In 2014, the ACLU of Nebraska filed a legal case in Nebraska seeking the freedom to marry. Read more about marriage litigation in Nebraska.

State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Nebraska's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits relationship recognition for same-sex couples in the state.

HISTORY:

In 2000, anti-gay forces in Nebraska pushed through Initiative Measure 416, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status. 

In May 2005, a federal court declared the amendment unconstitutional, but a federal appeals court reinstated it in July 2006.

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • The ACLU of Nebraska is the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, committed to standing up for equality for all Nebraskans. The organization is leading the litigation seeking the freedom to marry in Nebraska. 
  • Citizens for Equal Protection is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families in the state of Nebraska
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 

POLLING DATA:

A majority of Nebraskans, 54%, support some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples, with 32% saying they support marriage and an additional 22% saying they support civil union. (The Omaha World-Herald Poll, October 2012

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 2,356 same-sex couples are living in Nebraska, representing 3.3 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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